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About Goodall's Kitchen
Located inside Hotel Ella, Goodall’s Kitchen is a local American bistro with casual indoor & outdoor dining. Goodall's offers a classic American dining experience that combines Hotel Ella's historic charm with a modern Austin sensibility.
Austin, TX 78705
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 7am - 11am (Breakfast)
Monday - Friday: 11am - 2pm (Lunch)
Saturday and Sunday: 7am - 2:30pm (Brunch)
Saturday and Sunday: 3-5pm (Afternoon Tea)
Sunday - Thursday: 5pm - 10pm (Dinner)
Friday and Saturday: 5pm - 11pm (Dinner)
Martin Luther King
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary valet parking available at the front of Hotel Ella.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Goodall's Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
Food was simply prepared and let the ingredients shine. The octopus app was very well done, texture was perfect and flavor spot on. Tomato red pepper soup was intensely flavored with red pepper and tomato as the main players. The spinach salad was again simple but perfectly put together; the King salmon dish with the corn relish was excellent and medium rare just as I ordered it. Finally the deconstructed pineapple upside down cake was delicious and the sour cream ice cream my favorite part of the dessert. Hotel Ella is an architectural gem and Godalls a great hidden surprise. Our first time there with many more in the future.
Pleasant atmosphere and the dishes were beautiful to look at. Sadly, the chicken salad I ordered was heavily salted, but the other dishes at the table, the beet salad and hummus appetizer, were good enough to make up for the chicken/salt salad. We sat outside on the front porch on a warm early fall day when traffic was at a minimum. Mature trees and well maintained grounds. The service was excellent.
We had a short time to kill while waiting for friends so we only ordered an app and a few side dishes. The hummus was outstanding with a slight kick but not spicy. The mac and cheese and whipped potatoes were great comfort dishes that hit the spot. Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful about menu options.
Very nice dining experience ... lovely dining room and grounds.
Our server was very good ....
My only constructive criticism would be to have more items on the menu. More variety would be better...
The food that was offered was tasty and very well plated.... I just wanted more items to chose from.
The historic house turned hotel provides a wonderful atmosphere. The small grounds are pretty. Enjoyed the beautiful art decor in the dining room. The food was good. The only downfall to this chef-inspired restaurant was the waiter kept interrupting to make presentations. Everything from the appetizers to the bottled water to the main course required an explanation. I understand the food came from a well run and artisan kitchen but we really wanted to talk. Maybe we didn't appreciate it enough?!
The three of us had a fantastic lunch there on Memorial Day. The food was creative, delicious and prepared with the freshest ingredients! They adjusted some ingredients in my dishes to accommodate my food allergies without skipping a beat- and we all loved the results! Gracious staff, great low noise atmosphere filled with art- this is now on top of our Austin favorites!
We stopped by Goodall's for breakfast on a non-brunch day. It was nice to see options on the menu other than the typical sausage and eggs. Everything was delicious and the staff was very attentive. Its an inviting atmosphere that would be nice for a date or a family meal.
Went her for brunch with my son because we could make a reservation at the last minute. Very nice restaurant but the service was really slow. The server was good they just weren't getting things out of the kitchen fast enough. Only has one server on duty. Restaurant only about half full. Fool was pretty good, probably wouldn't go back though. Nowhere to park valet was
backed into the street with some kind of event.
Had our first dinner there this week. Very nice dining room, not too big which made for a nice ambiance, and when we were there they had a couple of large parties and just a couple other tables full. Not too busy for 8pm on a Friday night. Service was pretty good.
Food isn't cheap, but it's also not expensive - I'd say a nicely priced venue for the food you get. We ordered a couple apps - the broccoli beignets and the octopus. Beignets were 'good' but the octopus was really good. My wife and daughter loved it.
The kids had their own menu and food portions were good - standard kids fare so they had a burger and pasta. My wife had the brick chicken and I had the fish and chips. We both really liked our meals.
Had a dessert also, the brownie sundae. Very popular. Not overly huge for $12 but it was enough for 4 people who wanted just a taste and not to gorge ourselves.
Overall I'd recommend it and we'd go back again someday for sure.
My husband and I met at Goodalls on the spare-of-the-moment to eat a bit before a theater performance. It was so lovely to sit on their casual patio and enjoy delicious food. The wine by the glass selections were great and the food was very good. I wish they had a bit larger entre selection and we would return for a full dinner. The flow when you walk in the front door is a little awkward and it is hard to appreciate where to dine. We glanced into the dining room which appeared a bit casual, so we opted for outdoors, which was great. The staff was very friendly, professional and fun.
We had a pleasant experience for our Sunday Brunch - service and food was wonderful. Menu is small with slight twist on a few "standards" and reasonably priced. Restaurant is part of the hotel and is smaller, but welcoming. The hotel is on the historical registry. You'll also have to valet park (which is tips only, no fee). They also have several other events (Tuesday fried chicken, Thursday's Burger & Beer nights) that we look forward to trying. Goodalls Kitchen is a Recommend!!
Came to Goodall's for both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners as it is close to home and had good reviews. Food was very good but the service went from fair on Thanksgiving to poor on Christmas. Christmas was not as busy as Thanksgiving but service was slower and very inattentive. had to get my own silverware after the cleared plates from an early course. Bought a bottle of wine but staff never offered to refill glasses. Had coffee at end of meal with no refill offered. Not the service expected on a $300 tab. Restaurant needs to get better management on site to oversee service.
We brought family members (with 3 children) to Goodall's for late lunch on Christmas day. We arrived 25 minutes early for our reservation, and our table was already waiting! Staff were attentive and generally seemed to care about making us happy. My continuing impression of Goodall's is that if you like somewhat different types of food and are adventurous, this is the place for you. Some members of our party (particularly the children, of course) were not happy with the buffet selection (they tend not to like prime rim), others were very happy (particularly with the stuffing and pork shoulder). Some of us were not aware that the meal reservations would be buffet-only, indicating that open menu items were their favorites but were not available (e.g., fish and chips, some traditional sandwiches). The dessert station is definitely the favorite for most people - eclectic, tasty, well-designed. The unique cocktails were also a hit with our party. The building is historic, comfortable, and comfy. The valet service is definitely appreciated with the limited parking in the neighborhood.
We've been to Goodall's for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve dinner and loved it both times. So quant and the food is delicious. You feel as you are in a friend's home that is also an excellent chef. Wish I could of gone for the Christmas day buffet as well. We will be going soon for the buttermilk fried chicken with all the fixings. Service was wonderful too.
My 3 year old son and I had Christmas brunch and got to meet Santa. The Christmas event was so well done and the kids truly enjoyed the activities and the wonderful Santa that Hotel Ella commissioned for the event. The food at Goodall's is solid, but not over the top. I highly recommend this as a brunch spot and they are very accommodating with kids.
The Hotel Ella is a beautiful establishment full of history and stunning design. The restaurant within the restaurant, "Goddall's" was cleverly decorated and the thanksgiving feast was delicious and expansive (rib eye, salmon, and turkey in addition to several sides and desserts).
The service unfortunately was mediocre with the servers being clumsy, awkward, and hard to track down at times. There were times we were waiting for silverware for so long between plates so we just got up and grabbed one ourselves (not what I would expect for fine dining).
Our table ordered drinks and coffee (the drinks were tasty, the coffee was very weak) in addition to the $75 buffet bringing our total to about $100/person which, honestly, seemed over-priced but I suppose we were paying for the ambiance in addition to the unlimited plates. They ran out of the nutella cream-puffs which I imagine was very popular but for a hundred dollar experience, I would have liked to try one.
Overall, it was a good experience but would recommend they consider training their waitstaff more thoroughly and drop the price of the holiday buffet by several dollars.
Went to Goodalls early (5:30PM on a Friday) before an event on the UT campus. It was almost empty at that point, which is no surprise. Our server was attentive without being in the way, and it was pleasantly quiet. The room itself is very simple, a bit of a box with old-style wall decor. Food was delicious and came in reasonable time. As time went on the room became quite busy and also quite loud. Our original server went kind of AWOL, but we could see him running around dealing with many other tables ( there was a rush of people also eating early in order to attend the Amy Shumer performance), so it's not like he was just sitting around. Other workers picked up for him and we got out in time for our show without having to fuss.
So I'm leaving good marks because we had a good time and the food really was amazing, but I would suggest avoiding this place when events are taking place close to UT.
The building is lovely, and the decor of the wooden-floored dining room is smart a la Restoration Hardware, with arty body sketches hanging on the wall. The wine list was short, but reasonably priced and well selected, we chose a bottle of Ayala champagne. We had brunch from the short menu, which never gives a chef a chance to shine, but the frittata was good, although took a while to arrive. Waitress was very pleasant. I'd definitely go back to try the non-brunch cuisine, but wish they'd had a non-brunch offering. The table next door had two loud people on it and their voices penetrated the peace and quiet in a sports bar bragadocio way that meant we could not hear each other easily.
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